CPUT cancels general assembly with student groups

Protests have resulted in extensive damage to infrastructure at CPUT’s Cape Town & Bellville campuses.

One of the buildings that was set alight overnight at the CPUT’s Bellville campus. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has cancelled an upcoming general assembly with student groups following destruction on two of its campuses.



Protests have resulted in extensive damage to infrastructure at the institution's Cape Town and Bellville campuses.

Three security officials who have been treated for smoke inhalation, including one who suffered a head injury, have been released from hospital.

Last night, protesters torched the security guardhouse and the control room at the Bellville campus.



The Centre for Professional and Personal Development, at its Cape Town campus, was also targeted.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley says alternative arrangements have been made to accommodate academic activity off-campus.

"In 2015, CPUT successfully hosted our examination period at the Wingfield Military Base in Goodwood and we have confirmed that the venue has been secured again for this year."



Staff will continue to work from off-site locations, while a meeting with the student representative council will be scheduled in an attempt to restore calm on campus.